Personally I’d rather take my chances on a rusting bridge than mix it up with cars. But as of this past weekend, cyclists are taking their chances with motorists on the adjacent bridge. (See photo at the top of this post, taken by Adrian Lam, Times Colonist.)
Bottom Line: there can be no viable future that retains single-occupant cars as the dominant mode of transportation. Not in Vancouver; not on Vancouver Island.
The price of gas rises almost daily, while the supply inevitably dwindles. At the same time, only the most obstinate can still believe that this insanely extravagant transportation mode is not taking a heavy toll on the environment. All this means that there is no sane choice but to lobby for viable transportation alternatives, such as trains and safe cycling routes. In the words of Graham Bruce, Times Colonist:
could well be one of the most cost-effective and important
socioeconomic decisions we can make for the future of Vancouver Island.”
How can you help?
- Contact your MP and your MLA
- Write to the federal and provincial ministers of transportation
- Email the prime minister and premier
- Call your mayor and regional district chair
- Talk to your chief and council.
- Call your favourite Island federal candidate and ask him or her to publicly support the $15-million infrastructure investment.
Our actions can and will make a difference in this important, historic event, unfolding right now on Vancouver Island.
“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”